Nice article Curtis. It was great to tag along for the interview with Alan. Hope you Didn't mind!
@Arellia - I'll take a shot at responding to your comment. The reason someone might consider taking their 3D print job to a UPS Store vs. an office supply store is first, they've been much faster to execute. UPS Store currently has printers in over 60 stores. Last time I checked, Staples was actually printing in just a few locations. Which brings up an interesting point. Should every store have a printer? How about a $70K per year CAD consultant? At some point it makes more sense to order online and pick up in-store...unless you're looking to have a physical product scanned.
Which touches on the longer term reason why someone might choose UPS. Once you can get objects in digital format, you can ship them digitally and manufacture (or remanufacture) them locally. As we learned in 2D printing, it's way less expensive to ship data than paper.
For companies like UPS and Fedex, this equals disruption. Even the USPS recognizes it. A recent study suggested 3D printing could have a $350 Million / year impact on them. Several post offices around the world (France, South Korea, etc.) already offer 3D printing.